Katherine Mansfield Quotes

Most popular Katherine Mansfield Quotes

I want, by understanding myself, to understand others.
— Katherine Mansfield
If you wish to live, you must first attend your own funeral.
— Katherine Mansfield

how to live life

We cling to our last pleasures as the tree clings to its last leaves.

pleasure

The truth is friendship is to me every bit as sacred and eternal as marriage.
— Katherine Mansfield

friendship

If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools.
— Katherine Mansfield

true love

The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.

reading

To learn, to desire, to know, to feel, to think, to act. That is what I want. And nothing less.
— Katherine Mansfield
Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order.
— Katherine Mansfield

journeys

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.
— Katherine Mansfield

attitude

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
— Katherine Mansfield
Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.  So suffering must become Love.  That is the mystery.

suffering

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief, and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
— Katherine Mansfield

friendship

How idiotic civilization is! Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare, rare fiddle?
— Katherine Mansfield Bliss
When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
— Katherine Mansfield

failure

Conversation is like a dear little baby that is brought in to be handed around.  You must rock it, nurse it, keep it on the move if you want to keep smiling.

conversation

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.  Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude.
— Katherine Mansfield

attitude